Councillors are recommending Tauranga City Council embark on a $64 million transport plan over the next three years in three main bundles.
These are: Providing better transport choices – improved walking, cycling and public transport; Reliable journey times for people and freight – lane and intersection capacity improvements; Improving safety on our roads – targeted safety projects, speed management and minor improvements.
For the first three years of the plan the proposed spending for ‘Providing better transport choices' is $39.9million, with highlights including a $12m cycle plan delivery and a $10m Domain Road upgrade.
There will also be $6.4m spent on cycle and pedestrian improvements in Mount Maunganui; Totara Street, Maunganui Road, Marine Parade and Blake Park.
Nothing much happens in the `Reliable journey times for people and freight' category for the first three years of the plan – apart from minor intersection works; $340k at Te Maire Street, $2.1m at Elizabeth Street/Takitimu Drive, $2.5m at Cameron road/15thAvenue and $1.05m at Brakes Corner.
The big ticket item in this category is $51.4m proposed to be spent widening 15th Avenue. But because it is in the second triennium of the plan it can be altered or removed entirely when the Long Term Plan is again reviewed in 2020.
Also included in the years 4-10 of the LTP is $6.3m on 15th Avenue and Fraser Street corridor management projects.
In the improving safety category the council proposes spending $15.9m in the first three years of the next Long Term Plan.
The big item here is $6.2m upgrading street lighting – ditching sodium vapour lamps in favour of LEDs. There is a $4.5m minor improvements programme, and $1.6m to be spent on intersection improvements and $1m on Windsor road area traffic management.
The last two categories are; Creating well connected communities and local services, improved connections for all modes to local services or housing – and, Creating a transport network that enhances the attractiveness and liveability of the urban Environment.
Projects in the first category generally involve upgrading semi-rural roads to an urban standard to support land use changes. This gets $9.6m. The second category receives $5.6m to be spent on programmes to improve urban centres.
There's also $16.4 million allocated for the Harington Street car park building.
“Whilst projects have been categorised as primarily relating to one of these priorities, most transport projects contribute to a range of them,” says council transport planning engineer Clare Cassidy in her report.
“As an example, since vulnerable road users are a key safety issue for the city most bike and pedestrian improvements also relate to improving road safety, improving connections to local services, and often have a liveability benefit also.”